I like to take my time with some books. The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton is one of those. I started reading it in 2014, and am finally, almost finished. I’ve read many other books during this time, some in a few days. But this one (first published, 1948) seems best taken in small […]


I’m working on poetry this month. Editing, writing, editing. Until the lines stay put in a way that feels right, and true, and possibly even, poetic. I’ve read about poets who stick with a first draft, period. Good for them. Every now and then a poem arrives like a gift, and only minor tweaking is […]


WHAT ARE WE MISSING? “Hurry ruins saints as well as artists.” ― Thomas Merton, Seeds of Contemplation WHEN it comes to change, what are we missing? Most people spend countless hours dreaming of change or trying to change:themselves or others. Yet, change seems to come in its own way, often for reasons unknown. Still, the […]


Journal Entry 6: Exploring Meaning 2015 Noting that this is the 5-year anniversary of SunnyRoomStudio, I should have planned something “special” … but this journal entry will have to suffice. The past couple of weeks have been filled with the unexpected, the expected, and everything in-between. Returning to this journal, in many ways, a gift. […]

Wisdom of Place

Welcome back to SunnyRoomStudio … sometimes we have to create our own sunlight; sometimes we have to offer light to others; and sometimes we simply need to visit a sunny creative space for kindred spirits. Whatever your motivation, thanks for stopping by! Today I want to write briefly about the well of wisdom that resides […]